A Homeschool Earth Science Curriculum for Charlotte Mason Families

When people find out I’m all about literature-based homeschooling, one of the first questions I get is, “What about science?” I’m super excited to answer that question when it comes to a homeschool earth science curriculum. The curriculum I’ve had the opportunity to review recently is an awesome choice for moms who love using literature.

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All opinions are always my own.

Exploring Creation With Earth Science from Apologia is an elementary homeschool science curriculum that walks alongside students and talks with them as it investigates and points out the science behind everyday occurrences. Older elementary-aged kids will likely be able to read the science book independently, but the writing style of this curriculum also makes it a great read aloud. (And I truly love reading aloud!)

An optional- although a must-have in my opinion- resource is the Notebooking Journal to go along with the curriculum. This journal gives a place for kids to complete activities and record information as they read (or are read to). And there’s a Junior Notebooking Journal so that your younger kids can follow along as well!

A Homeschool Earth Science Curriculum Kids Will Get Excited About

Have you ever tried getting kids excited about reading a science textbook? I have. When I was an elementary school teacher in the days before I was a homeschool teacher I used a textbook for what passed as science in our class. It was dry and dull reading and rarely involved actually doing anything.

That’s definitely not the experience kids will have with Exploring Creation With Earth Science from Apologia. Instead, kids are going to ask to do science everyday!

The curriculum is really eye catching and engaging.

As you begin to look through the book, you’ll find that there are lots of picture, graphics, and illustrations. These draw the reader. In addition, there are shorter segments of text. And the book’s graphic elements break up the text. This looks less daunting for younger readers- even if they are just peeking over your shoulder as you read aloud.

The Notebooking Journal that goes along with the book really helps kids to interact with the curriculum. For example, you’ll find pages for kids to record facts during reading, places where kids can record information about the hands-on activities they do, coloring pages, craft pages, and more in the journal.

This homeschool earth science curriculum doesn’t talk down to kids.

I’ve read many, many textbooks throughout my teaching career. And, what I find most commonly, is that the language either is written to talk down to kids. Or the language is a science-ese that is incomprehensible to them. Exploring Creation With Earth Science isn’t either. In other words, it’s conversational and understandable, but it doesn’t talk down to kids and assume they can’t understand big concepts.

The Notebooking Journal also assumes kids are capable of understanding and learning. The instructions are clear but don’t talk down to kids. There are pages where they can record information from the reading, teaching them to take notes, And there are pages where they can record information about experiments and demonstrations, teaching them how to write rudimentary lab reports.

Kids will learn science using lots of hands-on activities.

The best way to learn science concepts is through experience. The philosophy of this homeschool earth science curriculum is: Let’s dig in the dirt, not just talk about it. What is it? How did it get made? Why is it different depending on where you dig? What will you find living in it?

For example, when kids read about volcanos making new land, they’ll see that illustrated in an activity with butter and flour. When they are learning about tectonic plate movement they’ll see that illustrated with the shells of boiled eggs. Learning by doing means that the learning is going to be more than just surface level. Instead, kids will be able to make connections and actually learn and understand.

The Notebooking Journal provides a place for kids to complete many of the activities given throughout the text. In addition to this, there are places for kids to record information about the hands-on activities that they complete. As mentioned above, this begins to teach kids about writing lab reports, something they’ll need in a college-level science class. The Notebooking Journal also contains some pages for coloring and some cut and glue mini books.

A Science Curriculum Literature-Loving Homeschool Moms Will Love

Your kids aren’t the only ones who are going to love this homeschool earth science curriculum though. You, as a homeschool mom, are going to enjoy your dive into science as much as your kids. And this is especially true if you are a literature-loving homeschooling mama.

Exploring Creation With Earth Science is written based on the Charlotte Mason method of learning.

One of the tenets of a Charlotte Mason style of learning is using real, living books instead of textbooks. So you may be asking why a textbook is a good fit for literature-loving homeschool moms. The answer is that this textbook is written like a great living book. The text is appealing to readers. In other words, it makes you want to keep reading. Who knew a science book could be hard to put down?!

The Notebooking Journal has a place for kids to record information about the reading. This can go along well with the Charlotte Mason technique of narration where kids recall what they’ve read or listened to, first orally, then in a written narration. This also serves as a step in teaching kids how to take notes when reading or listening.

This homeschool earth science curriculum makes it easy for moms to plan for weekly/daily learning.

Inside the Notebooking Journal you’ll find a flexible weekly schedule. This schedule provides for two lessons a week. The schedule assumes two days a week of doing science. The lesson number is written as well as what material to read, what activities to do, and what notebooking pages are covered for that day.

Homeschooling is all about flexibility. Consequently, this schedule is also flexible. You can choose what days you do science. And you could easily combine reading and activities in one day if you need to do that.

The curriculum is easy to use with multiple kids of multiple ages.

I have a number of friends who homeschool singletons. But I also know many homeschooling mamas who have a number of kids. And, every homeschooling mom likes to save time and money by combining kids in lessons whenever possible. This earth science curriculum makes it super easy to combine multiple kids of multiple ages.

I’ve already said that the book reads like a great living book. This makes it an awesome choice for reading aloud. As a result, it’s easy to include multiple children listening as you read aloud. And, if you have younger children, you can pick up the Junior Notebooking Journals for them. This will allow them to interact with the material on their own ability level. So the whole family can do science together. That takes some planning time and cost off of your plate!

Pick Up This Homeschool Earth Science Curriculum for Your Homeschool (And a Giveaway!)

You can get more information about this curriculum in my review video below.

Want to use Exploring Creation With Earth Science for your elementary students? You can pick up the curriculum here. And enter the giveaway below to win an Exploring Creation With Earth Science set.


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